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Hot Cocoa

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Servings: 5 (8 oz.) servings
Greet your holiday guests with something warm, sweet and chocolatey. Hot Cocoa is a fine choice. The children will love it served with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
4 cups (1 qt./1 liter) milk
1/3 cup hot water
Dash salt
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnish: (optional)
Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream
Chocolate curls

1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

2 Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.

Makes 5 (8-oz.) servings.

Add one of the following with the vanilla extract:

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon stick, if desired.

1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe. Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.

1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur.

2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee.

Omit marshmallows or whipped cream. Spoon 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time.

Omit sugar. Combine cocoa, salt and water; substitute nonfat milk. Proceed as above. With vanilla, stir in sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 1/2 cup sugar.

1/2 teaspoon maple extract.

In microwave-safe cup or mug, combine 1 heaping teaspoon unsweetened cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth. Fill cup with milk. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir to blend; serve.

Source: Recipe Adapted from Hershey's
Date: November 26, 2005


Reviewer: Madi paige
It was so easy to make! I LOVED IT!! I want more of you fabulous recipes!


Reviewer: Simona
I have tried spiced cocoa and it was yummy on a cold winter night.

Reviewer: bonita chai
At christmas this makes so much sense_ hot & loving feelings.Thank-you so much

Reviewer: Britnee
Hot cocoa is so good! I love Christmas.. so much fun to bake and bake.

Reviewer: Strong
Hot Cocoa is delicious. Never knew there were so many variaties of cocoa!


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